Sue Semrow, Treasurer for the Coloma Area Historical Society, was excited to show guests of the Farm to Table tour how to weave on a loom on Aug. 22.

Farm to Table tour bus passengers visit Coloma Area Historical Society

by Sara Mihor

On Aug. 22, the Coloma Area Historical Society members were excited to welcome guests who were partaking in the Farm to Table tour event, sponsored by National Exchange Bank, Coloma. This was the first time the Society has been on the tour schedule. The tour began at the Hancock Research Station, moved on to Flyte Family Farms, Coloma, stopped at Coloma Area Historical Society before moving on to Flyte Fieldstones for lunch, and ending the tour at Lunch Creek Vineyards and Winery, Neshkoro.

Sue Apps, the President of the Coloma Area Historical Society, greeted the guests the moment they stopped off the bus, and the fun began. Patrons switched between four different segments of the event: classical games (croquet, Bocce Ball, Jacob’s Ladder), food and drinks from the Bread Bar, Lunch Creek Vineyards and Winery, and Mecan River Brewing Co., a room based on Coloma in the 1800s, and a room based on Coloma in the 1900s where there were demonstrations of weaving, mangle, and butter churning lessons.

When it came to the demonstrations, there was much to be learned. Weaving with a loom was made to look simple by Sue Semrow, the Treasurer of the Coloma Area Historical Society. She explained what the different pedals did, how to inset the fabric, and what the different harnesses did. Sue told the story Frank Roehl, a housewife who helped supported her family financially by weaving. Weaving with a loom allowed women to work from home, which meant they could watch the kids and still have an income.

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